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A kick in the teeth

Thursday, 16 February 2017

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OLYMPIC rowing hopeful Joel Cassells admits he is 'deeply disappointed' at a decision taken by the sport's governing body to omit the lightweight men's four from the 2020 Olympics and replace it with a women's four.
The proposal was adopted by a vote of 94 to 67 at an Extraordinary Congress of FISA in Tokyo at the weekend and will now go before the International Olympic Committee in July.
However, with the IOC determined to force through new gender equality goals proposing a 50-50 split between men and women it is almost certain the recommendation will be accepted.
That means the end for one of GB Rowing Team's most successful teams in recent years - not least in London 2012 where Coleraine brothers Richard and Peter Chambers memorably won silver at their home Olympics.
“It's a real kick in the teeth. I went to England on the back of watching Richard and Peter winning silver in London," admitted Joel.
“Now it's impossible for me to emulate that pathway.
“The pathway will be twice as hard now but I'm as determined as ever and if I do manage to win gold in Tokyo then it will be even sweeter," added the 22-year-old.
“I'm deeply disappointed by the decision which reduces Peter and I's chances of a seat by 50 per cent but we have to respect the decision whether we agree with it or not.
*Read the full story in this week's Coleraine Chronicle.

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